Kitty Kitty Bang Bang is the third in the Pampered Pets series, which alternates between upscale pet boutique owner Melinda Langston and pet therapist Caro Lamont. This time it's Caro's turn to solve the mystery and she's taking care of a pair of famous painting cats (they paint pictures and have a gallery representing them) and trying to find out who killed their owner. The rivalry between the cousins continues as Caro tries to steal their grandmother's antique brooch back from Melanie.
I've been reading this series out of order, starting with the fourth book, Yip/Tuck, and I'm still not sure which cousin I like best. At first I thought it was Melanie, but now Caro is growing on me.
I've always loved books with animals as the main characters -- The Rescuers series of books by Margery Sharp, The Hundred and One Dalmations, A Cricket in Times Square and its sequels.... so of course Petectives - A Cat Mystery by Robert J. Smith caught my interest. Yoshi and Gatsby are cat detectives trying to locate a missing show cat and investigate rumors of a dog fighting ring in their neighborhood. It's a short, fun read that reminds me of the old time radio shows our family is always listening to. Hard-boiled cat detectives -- what's not to like?